Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC75 – Christmas in July Paper Pumpkin Style!

Apologies everyone for the late post.  I had it scheduled but it didn’t go out as indicated.  Sigh….

WWC75 – Deborah’s Sketch Challenge

WWC75 - Deborah's Sketch Challenge July 6

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

When you need it to be quick…it’s time to reach for a kit!

At least that’s what I did for Deb’s lovely sketch challenge.  It fit so perfectly with a past Paper Pumpkin Kit that’s been sitting on my desk as inspiration for an upcoming Christmas in July event.

As many of you know I’ve been struggling with health issues the last month so reaching for a kit was the perfect solution that allowed me to participate in this weeks challenge with a minimal amount of time and energy.

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Christmas in July

Paper Pumpkin Style

(as always click the pictures to see larger images)

 

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC75-08 Deb's Sketch Challenge - Christmas in July Paper Pumpkin Style

Except for the Whisper White card base everything else is from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.

Do you recognize this Paper Pumpkin Kit?   It’s from November 2015’s monthly offering.  So popular the extra kits sold out within less than a week.  Sorry about tempting you with this.  LOL   Of course this is an alternative variation so as to fit in with Deb’s Sketch Challenge.

Here’s a picture of what the original kit projects looked like.   I think you’ll recognize the bits I used.

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Nice amount of goodies in that kit don’t you think?  If you want to skip the original design (create your own various possibilities) and add a few additional basics you can easily get triple the number of cards from the kit.   That’s part of what I like about Paper Pumpkin.  You always get an ink spot of varying colors (sometimes two of them), a full set of stamps (varying in number of stamps) and lots of embellishments and basic materials.  From there my imagination can take off.  Of course some months it’s fun and soothing to just make the kit up as indicated.

Supplies:

Stamps: Mistletoe & Holly – November 2015 Paper Pumpkin stamp set

Inks: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Whisper White Cardstock and Kit contents

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives:  Stampin’ block C,  Tombow, SNAIL and kit contents

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I really love Cherry Cobbler in my holiday designs.  It’s the perfect color to match with Crumb Cake, greens and of course gold and silver.  It’s what I consider my Christmas neutral.  (grin).   I could wish that it photographed a bit better though.  Tends to show up as a bright Real Red unless you do a bit of manipulation.

Hopefully this post has shown you how useful the Paper Pumpkin kits (and their stamps) are even after their time has passed.   I tend to use mine over and over since the sets are always fun and interesting.  Perfect for the sentiments I want to express and fun images to create my own designs.   Of course the smart thing to do is to make up the kits when you get them so the cards or goodies are ready to send out.  One of these days I’ll learn my lesson.  For today though…I’m happy I had one of the extra kits to hand so I could jump into the challenge before heading back to bed.

If you’d like to join in the Paper Pumpkin fun you can sign up here to receive a monthly surprise or you can purchase a somewhat longer term prepaid subscription here.  The cool thing about prepaids are that they have the potential to earn you hostess rewards since they can be added to any order and increase your totals!   Either way you subscribe….it’s a fun monthly crafting break and you have the opportunity to purchase extra refills (at a greatly reduced price) kits you fall in love with.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Deb’s Sketch Challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all the other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I really hope you will add your own creations this week.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC71 – Nautical Father’s Day

WWC71 – Heidi’s Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC71 - Tic Tac Toe Heidi's Challenge

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Today we not only have a new challenge…but we also have a new Watercooler Artist who has joined us for the next 3 months.   Penny Hanuszak.  Yay, a new pal to play with.   Penny and her creative talents will be familiar to many of you as she has participated in many Watercooler Blog Hops.   A wonderful friend and a creative artist.   I’ll be looking forward to seeing what she has for us today and in weeks to come.  Welcome to the Challenge Miss Penny!

Today Heidi has opened up many choices for our designs with the Tic Tac Toe challenge pictured above.  Technically I went with the far right vertical listing (gift card holder, Father’s Day, die cut or punch) but I also managed to fill in just a few other squares too.  Originally I was going to try for all 9 but a friend convinced me that I was being an over achiever in my goals so I went with a design I shared at a recent Stamp Camp instead. 😀  I also have a few alternates that used the same design but different sentiments just to show how versatile this “guy” card can be.

Please note:  My design is a CASE (copy and share everything) of a design I found on Pinterest with just a few tweaks to make the colors pop and of course the “pocket” added inside for the gift card.

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 Nautical Father’s Day

(as always click the pictures to see larger images)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC71 - Heidi's Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Nautical Father's Day - Jean Fitch - Open Sea (retired) meets the Sunburst die cut.

And the Pocket for the gift card.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC71 - Nautical Father's Day Inside - Jean Fitch - Open Sea (retired)

And here are a few alternates with different sentiments as well.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC71 - Open Sea Nautical Alternative 2 - Jean Fitch - Open Sea (retired)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC71 - Open Sea Nautical Alternate 1 - Jean Fitch - Open Sea (retired)

One last variation by a talented member of our Rogue Stampers Group that meets once a month.

Open Sea Nautical Father's Day Rogue Group alternativeI love how the design was turned on it’s side and has more of the log image showing stamped in a darker shade of ink.  A different set of sunburst rays too.

Sadly the Open Sea stamp set is retired but it won’t be leaving my shelves anytime soon. 😀   Of course I may have to see if I can tweak this design with more current papers and ribbons.   And maybe another sun like image.  Stay tuned…one never knows when creativity will strike.  {grin}

Note:  You won’t always see this many retired products on my posted projects but this design was shared at my May Stamp Camp (so sorry you didn’t join us for that) before many of them went bye-bye for good.

Supplies:

Stamps: Open Sea (retired), Crazy about You (sentiments)

Inks:  Basic Black, Sahara Sand

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Sahara Sand, Whisper White Cardstocks.   Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper (retired)

Punches: 2-1/2″ Circle, Triple Banner, Small Banner (retired)

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Circle Collection Framelit dies (mat for the circle punch), Sunburst Thinlit die,  Banner Framelit Collection Die, Burlap Ribbon (retired),  Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tear n’ Tape, SNAIL.

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I really love how the Cherry Cobbler makes the Dijon and the Black DSP pop (that was one of my tweaks to the original design) against the neutral Whites and Sahara Sand.   Hard to see but I used the sailors log image to add a bit of texture to the Sahara Sand card base.

I also love how easy it is to use our wonderful Tear n’ Tape to create a pocket for a gift card.  Makes it easy for any card to double as a gift card holder.  Need a holder?   Grab a card from your stash and add a pocket!  Easy peasy.

There is one trick to this card that might not be obvious.  Using a 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Delightful Dijon place the paper in the far left side of the die to cut.   Cut and then flip and place on the right hand side of the card.   In short the Sunburst die cut was carefully placed to create a partial die cut and then flipped before being attached to the card base.  The rest is pretty much stamp, punch or die cut as shown.

The key unifying factor to most of the elements is the banner cut on just about everything.  Cut with dies or with scissors.  Either works.   The sentiments are a combination of words from the Crazy about You stamp set collection collaged on a clear block.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams Tic Tac Toe Challenge contributions head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our new badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all the other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I really hope you will add your own creations this week.  Really…this challenge is an easy one.  Grab your colors and play!

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

Christmas in July…Christmas Challenge Card – SCCC #32

Yep…it may be July…but it’s also time for Christmas!   As all crafters know,  July is the time to get a jump on the upcoming holidays.   Of course maybe we are all just trying to beat the heat by convincing ourselves that paper snow and thinking cool thoughts will cool us off just as well as the real thing.

Then again…my friend Darrah Hopper in Northern California assures me that where she lives in the mountains they have on occasion seen snow in July, just after the Fourth, so she doesn’t always have to rely on papercrafting head games to cool off.   She’s also the one who introduced me to the concept of a snow rake (and yes I thought she was kidding until she sent me a picture of her raking snow off her house’s roof).   One of these days I’ll have to create a punch art card with snow being raked in her honor.

In the mean time my friend Marsha’s induction into the Design Team for this Challenge group (congratulations Miss Marsha!) has inspired me to jump in and start participating and getting ahead of the holiday rush.

Mosaic Madness Ornament Tree - CASE by Jean Fitch for the SCCC #32 Christmas Challenge

Supplies:

Stamps: Mosaic Madness

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Naturals Ivory, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock. Champagne Glimmer Paper

Punches: Hexagon, Mosaic, Itty Bitty Accent pack (star)

Other: Big Shot, Mosaic Embossing Folder, Gold Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

 

Technically the challenge was for a tag but I’m afraid I forgot that in the excitement of getting started on my Christmas projects.   Luckily there is always the alternate of any kind of Christmas card just to get ourselves started!   And of course this use of the punch to create a tree can be downsized a bit to create the perfect tag for that special gift bag!

Given our very hot July weather (104º so far is the max) and the general madness it’s creating in a stamper no longer used to heat, the use of Mosaic Madness seemed a natural to start this Challenge.   Since this set was introduced a year ago I’ve been seeing a variety of Christmas uses including a punched tree so decided to give it a go with a CASE in our newest In Colors.    Another great benefit to this stamp set?   There is a coordinating punch and embossing folder that continues the very Moorish looking Mosaic design.   Gotta love that famous Stampin’ Up coordination!

Details and Tips:

I found the card quick and easy once the design and its components were decided on. The trickiest part was deciding which stamp images to use (there are so many cool ones in the set) and how many to use to create the pattern.   Loving the ornament looking patterns, I went with the small and large versions.  Then of course how many colors to mix…what pattern to lay them out in…and what pieces to pop up on dimensionals.   After a few false starts I ended up with what you see. Along the way I discovered a few cool tips.

Tip 1: Mossy Meadow stamped off once looks an awful lot like Old Olive…so if you want to save yourself some trouble and want all your stamp offs to have the same amount of ink…why not save yourself some trouble and grab the Old Olive if you want a tree all in shades of green.

Tip 2: Always Artichoke makes a nice third to the triad. Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and Always Artichoke give you some nice shade differences to work with all together.   Of course you’ll have to take my word for this since I didn’t end up combining all three in this particular card.

Tip 3: The Hexagon punch trimmed in half makes a great pot or tree base.   I’ll have to remember this when I try my hand at a topiary design closer to Christmas.

Now that I’ve got the pattern down an assembly of dozens of cards will be easy.
Stamp 6 images in Mossy Meadow, 5 in Blackberry Bliss then start punching.   Simplest way was to use 1-1/2” (narrower if you are good at placement) strips of Very Vanilla…stamp a strip…then punch.   Run a 4” x 5-1/4” sheet of Mossy Meadow through the Mosaic Embossing Folder and adhere to the Naturals Ivory card base ( 4-1/4” x 11”).   Arrange your punch pieces as you can see in the picture placing the Blackberry Bliss pieces up on dimensionals.   Work row by row building as you go.   Punch a few stars, add some Baker’s Twine and you’re done.   Of course you’ll want a Christmas greeting for the inside and Mosaic Madness has a few lovely border type stamps that will also add to the interior design not to mention your envelope.

One other note about this very cool stamp set.  You can create your own background papers for use in One Sheet Wonder designs by stamping combinations of images and colors.   Go random or get your stamp a ma jig out and do fussy aligned rows.  What ever strikes your fancy.

Hopefully this will inspire you to join in the Christmas Challenge.  You can see the weekly challenge here or follow along on the link I gave to Marsha’s blog.   A new challenge goes up every Sunday.   A card a week all year long and you’ll have 52 ready to go for Christmas.   A card a day and you’ll have 365!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Jean Fitch in pink

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Whether you celebrate it in the religious manner

with Mass and sermons on the Trinity

St. Patrick

or

 your thoughts turn to gold & rainbows

pot o goldToday is the day everyone is Irish

and wears a bit of the green.

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Here’s how we celebrated at our March  Stamp Camp.

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Lucky Day Card - March 2014 Stamp Camp - watermarked

Once again the Envelope Punch Board was front and center creating the grass and my many punches did the rest.  I’ve been hooked on all the sun’s everyone is creating with the new Banner punch from Sale-a-Bration (luckily you still have a couple of weeks to take advantage of getting it for free!) so had to try my hand at one.

I counted them up and in addition to the Envelope Punch Board which probably qualifies as a punch in and of itself I used 12 other punches to create this card!  I think that’s a record for me.  It sure added to the weight of the boxes being transported to the church hall for this event.  Filled the center of the table too.

Here’s the supply list.

Supplies:

Stamps:Occasions Alphabet, Petite Petals, Teeny Tiny Wishes & Trust God (inside).  Assortment of retired St. Patrick’s Day stamps.

Ink: Gumball Green, Real Red (optional Black Journaling pen/marker for making a sun face.)

Paper: Gumball Green (1”x 4-1/4”), Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Naturals White, Basic Black Cardstock & Champagne Glimmer Paper.  Little hearts: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie

Punches: 1-3/8” Circle, Petite Petals, 1-1/4” Scallop Circle, Decorative Label, Owl Builder, Word Window, Banner (from SAB), Bird Builder, Scallop Oval, Small Oval, Large Oval, Itty Bitty Punch Pack.

Other: Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, Daffodil Delight ¼” stitched grosgrain ribbon, two way glue pen, tweezers, adhesives.

And here are the directions I shared with my stamp camp attendees:

Lucky Day Card Directions with picture

And a few tips on creating the various elements (no worries…these pictures are also in the directions):

Line up the 8 banner punched pieces on the back of the sun circle in two sets of overlapping squares.   Then run through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice folder and add another circle on top.

sun piecessun pieces

For the Pot O’ Gold I punched a Decorative Label piece then put the half piece on a post it note for better control and using the small oval punch I snipped just a hint out of the middle to get rid of the point and preserve the “legs” for the pot.  Added a word window punch and a half a scalloped circle of glimmer paper and there’s the pot.

Pot o' Gold

For the grass I created a base piece and a rick rack piece.  Embossed with the Square Lattice and overlaid the two pieces at the base of the card.

Create your two grass strips with the two 1”x 4-1/4” Gumball Green strips + the Envelope Punch Board. Strip 1: Place the strip first with the edge of the paper lined up with the tip of the score guide. Punch.

First punch lined up with the score guide

Slide strip over to the 1-1/2” mark, punch. Slide strip to the 2-1/2” mark, punch. Continue sliding down 1 more inch and punching till you reach the end of the strip.

Strip 2: Create the same as Strip 1 then flip over and center each “mountain” then punch, continue sliding and aligning and punching till you have a full rick rack looking strip.

Punching between the hills

Base & rick rack pieces to form grass

Place both completed strips in the Square Lattice embossing folder the longways and run through the Big Shot. Over lap both strips so you have a series of peaks and valleys between the two strips, adhere strips together and then adhere “grass” piece to card base. Trim edges if necessary.

overlapping base and rick rack

Cool trick isn’t it.  Creating rick rack with the Envelope Punch Board.   It does take a bit of flipping around to get the right orientation so the peaks show between the valleys but it’s a fun puzzle.    Of course if you have the Tasteful Trim die it might be a bit quicker but I love that with the Envelope Punch Board I’m not limited to the length of the rick rack pieces I create.   Oh…and the “mountain” base piece also works for a sponging mask to create hills.  Especially if you vary the measurements you use to punch the base.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this fun project.  I can’t tell you how many movies I watched while punching enough “owl” hearts for 12 people to create this card.  Fun!

Please note:   In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I am offering FREE shipping on any Stampin’ Up! orders over $25 placed today March 17th 2014!

And don’t forget to pick up more FREE product during the last two weeks of Sale-a-bration.  I’d be happy to be your demonstrator.  When you click on the online store button in the sidebar select me as your demo and place your order.    I especially recommend the Envelope Punch Board.  It really is a wonder!   You can see what else it can do on my Pinterest board here.

You have a couple options for ordering:

  • Visit the online store, select me as your demonstrator in your profile and place your order~ I will refund your shipping after the order is placed or
  • Email me at  jlfstudio@live.com  and let me know what you want to order – include your phone number and email ~ I will then contact you to make arrangements for payment minus shipping.
  • Don’t forget to place your order (minimum $25) or send your email before Midnight – March 17, 2014 to get your free shipping.  😀

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To celebrate my own Irish roots let me leave you with this traditional blessing and a few YouTube videos with blessings and Celtic music to enjoy the day.

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Hugs & blessings – Jean

Window frames on your artwork give dimension to your world

I think I’m obsessed with windows lately.   Both the kind in my house and the one’s on my cards.    The real windows are sealed shut against the smoke from area fires…so of course I want to open them….badly!   My brain keeps thinking fresh air is on the other side of the glass even though my eyes tell me there is only heat and smoke.   I guess my old Sandycat and I have something in common.  When she was alive she was always wanting on the opposite side of the door or window in front of her.   I guess I really do have cat DNA like my friends like to say.   Now if only I had a few of their other attributes than lack of patience….sigh.

As I was flipping through some of my cards looking to send a few rays of joy outside the smoke zone, I came across a few of my favorite Window cards I’ve never shared.  As you can see I’ve been using up my stacks of retired designer series papers and ribbons but of course the design works in whatever colors you have on hand or are planning on purchasing.   This same design in Gumball Green or even the lighter Pistachio Pudding would work equally well.

Label 3D Frame - Apothecary Art - Lucky Limeade - watermarked

Supplies:

Stamps: Apothecary Art, Loving Thoughts

Ink: Lucky Limeade, markers in your favorite pinks and reds

Paper: Lucky Limeade, Naturals Ivory Cardstock, Champagne Glimmer Paper, 2011- 2013 In Color Designer Series Paper stack (the set that retired in May)

Other: Big Shot, Labels Framelits, Tombow multi purpose glue, stampin’ dimensionals, glue dots – Sale-a-Bration 2012 ribbon

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Ever since Stampin’ Up released the shape based Framelit dies I’ve been hooked on creating frames and layered windows for cards.  Hooked too on the great deal of getting multiple sizes of the shape for one low price.    The new Magnetic Platform makes their use even easier than ever before.   Sadly that lovely tool is so popular that the supplier can’t keep up!   Stampin’ Up has assured us though that it should be back once again in early Fall.   Stampin’ Up could have kept the platform in back order status and continued to accept orders, but they just didn’t feel good about sitting on people’s money for extended periods without getting them their platform so they have temporarily turned that order number off.      Keep your eye open for it’s return in a few short weeks though…okay?   You really do want the Stampin’ Up one.   After all…you get me along with the platform right?  {grin}  And the great Stampin’ Up service and warranty guarantees that are so much easier to work with.

Back to the window frames…it really is easy.   I found this excellent video on YouTube that shows the process really well.

When you are done watching that come on back and take a look at a few other versions I created last St. Patrick’s Day.    Then give the technique a try for yourself.   It’s really very, very easy.   And addicting!

TIP: One tip I’ll pass along that I discovered.   Keep a sample frame of the smallest and largest on hand to use as a frame for your stamping so you get a feel for what and where you need to place your image.   Use the larger frame to center your stamping area and the smaller to see the overall size of image you are shooting for.    You can also put your frames through an embossing folder for a different kind of framed look.

TIP: And another tip.  If you have coordinating stamp sets for your Framelit dies they make an excellent choice for filling the windows.   I’m so grateful to Stampin’ Up for carrying over the lovely Apothecary Art stamp set to our newest annual catalog.   I love working with this shape and those images are elegant and vintage to boot.

SNEAK PEEK:   If you too love the label shape take a look at the new Thinlit Card dies that Stampin’ Up is making available for sale starting August 1.

Thinlit Card Die Flyer

Create your own flip cards in a single pass and check out all the accessory dies that come with the basic moving card die.  Whoo Hoo!  Stampin’ Up! does it again!

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Here are the St. Patrick’s Day versions – easily adapted to hearts or other images for othe celebrations.   Wouldn’t a Bird Punch image look lovely in place of the shamrock in the first card?

Label Window - Trust God Shamrock

All images © Stampin’ Up!

Label Window Card - Twin Shamrocks

All images © Stampin’ Up!

Label Window - dual shamrock

All images © Stampin’ Up!

St. Pats card inside

All images © Stampin’ Up!

Supplies:

Stamps: Trust God, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Occasions Alphabet, various retired sentiments

Ink: Lucky Limeade

Paper: Lucky Limeade, Basic Black, Naturals Ivory Cardstock, Champagne Glimmer Paper, 2011- 2013 In Color Designer Series Paper stack (the set retiring in May)

Punches: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Small Heart, Bird Builder, Wide Oval, Word Window, Scallop Circle (1-3/4”)

Other: Big Shot, Labels Framelits, Tombow multi purpose glue, stampin’ dimensionals, glue dots, Sale-a-Bration 2012 ribbon.

And the directions in case you would like them:

Shamrock Layered Frame card – with pictures  – PDF of directions

 

Here’s hoping your windows are showing something more lovely than fire smoke.   And that you can breath deep and stamp some fun windows on your world.

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Llama Blog Hop: Fall-i-Days Finale (Don’t worry…we’ll be back with a new title next month!)

It’s the Llamas last Fall Hop!!

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Welcome one and all to the Llama’s Fall-i-Days Finale.  

The blog hop capper to our series of Fall Festivals and Holidays. 

Yes we are cheating just a tiny tad by including Christmas, New Years, Valentines and any other non fall holiday the mind of a Llama can imagine (I’ve heard rumors even Mardi Gras will appear in one of the posts) but…it is still technically Fall, Y’all!   Right up until December 21!     Hard to believe isn’t it what with snow on the ground, leaves off the trees and the sounds of Christmas Carols in the air.    Not to mention the glittery, frosty elegance of our Finale Banner that just screams party time (as in New Years, Mardi Gras and more).   Thanks Stephanie for once again creating banners and buttons with Stampin’ Up’s wonderful My Digital Studio program that puts us in the mood to celebrate.

If you’ve followed the listing on the Hop’s Home page then you’ve arrived from Buffy’s beautiful and festive edition of the Finale.  If you’ve arrived from somewhere else (Christine’s perhaps?) that’s fine too…we Llamas are very into finding our own path after all and the home button will always get you back to the list and we are set up in circle so you can circle round in either direction using next or previous buttons as indicated for your personal journey.  😀   We’ve also permalinked all entries so you’ll be able to circle the hop anytime you’ve a mind to in the future.

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Keeping it simple is the theme I’ve adopted.  Well…sort of.   Simple is not something I do easily after all.    It’s also a tad traditional or even vintage.  And possibly patriotic given the colors.

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin' Up!

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

Whether it’s for Christmas or for New Years you can’t go wrong with a bit of glitz and gold is as glitzy as it gets (without the shimmer paper that is).  You also can’t go wrong with a bit of Champagne.   Champagne shimmer paint that is…after all…you do want to be able to stamp straight right? 😀

With winter reaching out its grip the Northern Flurry embossing folder seemed the perfect choice.  Reminds me too of a vintage candlewick bedspread I had for years and years.   And for Christmas time Peace on Earth is my constant prayer.  Actually it’s my prayer all year long but seems very appropriate as we end one year and begin another.  A prayer, a wish and deep hope that fills my being.     I was so happy to find such a beautiful version of this text in the Holiday Catalog Stamp Set Greetings of the Season.   The set has my all time favorite Noel as well.   And now Stampin Up has carried it over through the Spring Catalog so you can get it to use and enjoy all the way up till May 31st (no word yet whether it will be in the next catalog)  or whenever you want to share that peace filled sentiment.

All images & die cuts copyright Stampin' Up!

All images & die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

Supplies:

Stamps:   Greetings of the Season

Ink:  Versamark, Stampin’ Gold Dazzle Marker

Paper: Naturals White, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake Cardstocks

Other: Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Labels Framelits, Pearls, Crumb Cake Scalloped Tulle Ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Champagne Shimmer Mist, Sponge Dauber, 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch, glue dots, dimensionals

Basics of the Card:  Pearls were colored with the Gold Stampin Dazzle Marker (also carried over from the Holiday Catalog) and allowed to dry.  Naturals white layer was embossed with Norther Flurry ef.   Corners of base and two layers  punched with corner rounder.   Embossed Naturals White layered with Cherry Cobbler onto base.  Champagne Shimmer Paint daubed on centers of snowflakes and gold colored pearl applied to center.   Greeting gold embossed and die cut with matching die cut layer.   Tulle is cut in a 2″ strip folded over lengthwise and knotted. 

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From a Wish for Peace to an invitation to party!  The Celebrate is the energetic stamp from the Seasonal Sayings set in the Holiday Catalog.  The perfect set for our Fall-i-Days hop series at it will take you from Halloween right through to Valentines.  It’s also one of the sets that comes as single stamps up until January 2nd.    I picked up the single image Celebrate as I thought it perfect for New Years, Birthdays or really anytime a party or a sense of joy was called for.   

In this incarnation the Norther Flurry Snowflakes are doing double duty for fireworks.  Kinda works for that don’t you think?  Especially with the Champagne Shimmer Paint centers.   Much shinier and a tad more subtle in person.  And because we are partying for the New Year here I doubled up the Tulle knots too!     Though of course with tulle and fireworks and pearls and a party it could also work for Mardi Gras – might want to add some traditional Mardi Gras green & purple for that though!

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin' Up!

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

Supplies:

Stamps:   Seasonal Sayings

Ink:  Versamark, Stampin’ Gold Dazzle Marker

Paper: Naturals White, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake Cardstocks

Other: Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Pearls, Crumb Cake & Cherry Cobbler  Scalloped Tulle Ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Champagne Shimmer Mist, Sponge Dauber, 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch, glue dots, dimensionals

 Card design basics:  Similar to the previous card just a different die cut and the added Cherry Cobbler Tulle knot.

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From the vintage and patriotic colors that ended and began our year to the softer sweeter and simpler tones of an old fashioned Valentines.   A Valentines Cookie House that is.   Yep…I’m still making these little cookie houses.   If you’d like to see another edition as well as the link to the video for making them check out this post from Hanukkah Hop.

Still using pieces from the Festival of Prints Print Pack from the Holiday Catalog (hurry and get yours before its all gone) for the roof I added Pink Piroutte and some Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding.    A die cut, a couple of stamped texts and you have the perfect and simple Valentines treat to share with friends, neighbors, classmates, teachers and anyone you can think of that would like a cookie and a reminder that you are thinking of them.    Of course you  could add a window sheet and then fill with peppermints or the traditional candy conversation hearts.   And the best part…sh!!…don’t tell anyone.  You can make one of these for less than 50¢ each once you have all the materials on hand.  Of course…the cookie is extra.  😀

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin' Up!

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

Supplies:

Stamps:   You are Loved, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink

Paper:  Pink Pirouette Cardstock, Festival of Prints Pack (holiday catalog)

Other:  Big Shot, Hearts Framelit, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Trimmer, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Crop-i-Dile, Sticky Strip, Paper Snips.

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That’s it for my edition of the Finale.   Now it’s on to Christine’s  fabulously creative entry (yep..I peeked!) – or Buffy’s if you are moving in reverse.  You can use the buttons below to advance in whichever direction you are moving.  If you find a broken link just click on the home button and you’ll find the list that will get you back on track.  Hop on my friends and enjoy the last few days of Fall with our Fall-i-Days Finale!

Hugs & Blessings – Jean

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Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 9

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

Today is the last day of our first ANNUAL Hanukkah Blog Hop! We are overwhelmed with the extremely positive response we have received about this hop and all the amazing projects! We hope you were inspired to create and think outside the box when it comes to Jewish related projects! Watch out for future Jewish themed hops…we’ve already discussed one for Passover which is at the end of March 2013!

Thank you to everyone who have visited the first 8 days of the hop. We hope you have enjoyed all the projects and found lots of inspiration! If this is your first visit, go back and visit Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
 

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Lighting the Menorah is the central Mitzvah of Hanukkah. We light the Menorah to remember the Miracle that happened when the Jewish rebels (the Macabees) took back the Holy Temple from their conquerors. The enemy had done everything that they could to defile the Temple, including bringing idols into the Temple.

The Macabees cleaned and restored the Temple service. They had only one small flask of the special olive oil that was used to light the large golden Menorah in the Temple. Miraculously, the small flask lasted for 8 days.

The Rabbis made this 8 day period into a holiday, now known as Hanukkah. They decreed that it would be celebrated by lighting an 8 branched Menorah, and increasing its lights each day to commemorate how the miracle became greater with each day that the oil continued to burn.

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Festival of Light

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin' Up!

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

It’s hard to believe we’ve arrived at the last day of the blog hop and the beginning of Hanukkah.   I came across this music video as I prepared for our final posting.  The snowflakes and light in all it’s forms caught my eye.  I invite you to listen and enjoy as you read through the rest of the post.  To let it create the background and “light” as you continue with our Celebration of the Festival of Lights.

As I watched and listened to  this video the importance of light and of miracles, it’s beauty and its many qualities sank into my heart and soul.   As we begin the celebration of Hanukkah…the Festival of Lights and the miracle it commemorates all of us on the hop have chosen to celebrate light and in particular the light of the candle and all it represents in celebrating this special time.  Particularly the shamash.  The servant candle that lights all the others, that does the work so that the others remain a pure and holy expression of the miracle.  A light by which no work must be done (except by the servant candle) or made practical use of.

Here are the close ups and the details:

Light For the World

Light for the World

Light for the World
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Can you tell that the partial die cuts are intended to represent the flame of the shamash and the other candles with the candle itself implied?   That’ what was in my head anyway. 😀    The miracle that  multiplied the oil and kept the  flame burning for eight days.  This is completely my own design though influenced by a sense of kinship with some of my favorite graphic artists from the 60’s and 70’s such as Corita Kent in some of her more restrained work.

Light for the World - Miracles inside

Light for the World – Inside
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Supplies:

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations, Hanukkah Light Digital Sheet Created in Word (see linked document)

Ink:  Midnight Muse Classic Ink, Versamark

Paper: Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold Cardstocks, Champagne Glimmer Paper

Punches: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle, 1-3/8″ Circle, 1-3/4″ Circle,

Other: Big Shot, Window Frames Framelit, Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Score, Printer, Snips, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, embossing buddy, Dimensionals, Snail, glue dots.

Card measures 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″

Much of the text used was created digitally with Word and the fonts on my computer.  The Star of David is from Jewish Celebrations and is heat embossed with gold (what else would expect with a celebration of light…right?).   The rest is basic layering and die cut pieces using the Window Frame Framelits (some of them trimmed). 

Here’s the file you are welcome to use, play with and alter :

Hanukkah Light – Word document uses Castellar font

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Happy Hanukkah Snowflake Window Frame Card

Hanukkah Snowflake Window

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

Supplies:

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations, Bold Snowflake (single stamp promotion)

Ink:   Versamark

Paper: Midnight Muse,  Brushed Gold Cardstocks, Champagne Glimmer Paper

Punches:  1″ Circle, Blossom

Other: Big Shot, Window Frames Framelit, Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Score, Snips, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, embossing buddy, Dimensionals, Snail, glue dots, Tombow Liquid Glue.

Card measures 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″

Again mostly die cutting, heat embossing with gold and punching then layering.  The Star of David images are hand cut with the Snips, my favorite hand powered cutting tool (next to punches!).   Lots and lots of dimensionals in this card as I wanted all the various layers to float.  Only the base square of glimmer paper is layered direct to the card with Tombow.  The rest all uses dimensionals.  Tip:  For the narrow frames…cut your Stampin’ Up dimensionals into thirds!  Perfect width!

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What would Hanukkah be without presents right?  😀  Here’s a Gift Card Holder that matches in style and images (to some extent, the Snowflake Window Frame card above.  Works actually for any time of the year.   Saturday at Stamp Camp in fact several made variations for the men in their lives as birthday gift holders.  The pocket inside will hold the gift card in either direction long side or short side.   In many ways this is a CASE of my friend Jackie’s Llama blog Hop Card from a few weeks ago.   You can see that card here.   Next week I’ll share a few more variations along with the directions for the most basic version.

Festival of Lights Gift Card Holder

Festival of Lights Gift Card Holder

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

Supplies:

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations, Rejoicing With You, Mixed Medley, Bold Snowflake (single stamp promotion)

Ink:   Versamark

Paper: Midnight Muse,  Brushed Gold Cardstocks, Champagne Glimmer Paper

Punches:  3/4″ Circle, 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle, Blossom

Other: Big Shot, Window Frames Framelit, Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Score, Snips, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, embossing buddy, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, Piercing Tool, Piercing Mat, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Dimensionals, Snail, glue dots, Tombow Liquid Glue.

Card Holder measures 5″ x5″

Again mostly die cutting, heat embossing with gold and punching then layering.  The  large underlayered snowflake is actually a series of the smaller snowflakes cut in half and slide under the window frame die cuts with glue dots.  The small For You is from Mixed Midley (HolidayCatalog hostess) and the inside text is from Rejoicing with You from the Annual Catalog.   The card shape is cut with the largest Window Frame Framlet with the card fold placed just below the cutting edge.   Have you guessed yet that I’m in love with the color Midnight Muse, the Champagne Glimmer Paper and the Bold Snowflake single stamp from the current Single Stamp Promotion?   Both the Glimmer Paper and the Bold Snowflake stamp go away January 2nd.  Make sure you get yours before then!

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And lastly…I’m dating myself with this next music video.   Peter, Paul & Mary have been a part of my  life almost from its beginning.  I’ve sung, cried, learned and grown from their music and its message.   I’ve been privileged to attend some concerts in person too and each time at each concert they shared this song, Light One Candle.   I found this YouTube recording made at Hanukkah time as far as I can tell and the message dovetails perfectly with the song and sentiments from the first video I shared today.    Enjoy this blast from the past…and if you celebrate or find meaning in Hanukkah don’t forget to light the one shamash candle and the others each night of this wonderful Festival of Lights.    Fill your homes and the world with light in your hearts and in your life.     Whatever your faith or leanings we can all use a little light and find meaning in the sharing of it.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our first Annual Hanukkah Hop.  We’ve all enjoyed sharing the Festival of Lights in all its bright and shining aspects with you.   We’re discussing the possibility of a Passover blog hop as well as what we might have in the works for next year!  

Happy Hanukkah to you all!   Wishing you a year of light, love and joy.  

Blessings – Jean

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Thank you for hopping along with us.
Your next stop is Andi’s blog, where she is going to show you some more great Hanukkah related projects!

Make sure to come back and visit us again on Sunday the 9th, for our final day of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

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